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Research Associate - Logic/Formal Semantics

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University of Bristol

Job number: ACAD103827
Division/School: School of Arts
Contract type: Open Ended
Working pattern: Full time
Salary: £33199 - £37345 per annum
Closing date for applications: 14th April 2019

The Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy will work with the Principal Investigator (PI) Johannes Stern on the European Research Council project ‘Truth and Semantics’.

The Truth and Semantics (TRUST) ERC Starting Grant project aims to provide a unified perspective on natural language semantics, conceived of as truth-conditional semantics, and the research on the so-called semantic paradoxes in the form of theories of self-applicable truth.

The role is offered on an open ended basis with fixed funding for three years.

The project consists of two interrelated parts.

The first part, Truth in Semantics, aims at developing semantic accounts for rich fragments of natural language, that is, fragments in which, besides a self-applicable notion of truth, we allow for, e.g., modal expressions, propositional attitudes but also natural language conditionals.

The second part, Truth and the Foundations of Semantics, assumes a metasemantic perspective and explores the role of the notion of truth in the foundations of natural language semantics, conceived of as truth-conditional semantics.

The Research Associate is expected to conduct research on the first part of the project.

They should have a research profile in logic and/or formal semantics.

A background in formal theories of truth and/or relevant fields of natural language semantics may be an advantage.

The main tasks are to produce peer-reviewed scientific articles and other project outputs, and participate in organising the project’s events.

Further project details:

The project team consists of the PI, two Postdocs, two PhD students and an administration assistant.

Starting date: October 2019

For informal enquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Johannes Stern (

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Status: Researcher
Location: Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM
Advert Published: 15 Mar 2019
Expiry date: 14 Apr 2019
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